FOOTBALL: Woodstock suffer final loss

Witney Gazette: Woodstock Wanderers' player-boss Ben Fouracre Woodstock Wanderers' player-boss Ben Fouracre

Woodstock Wanderers found Northway Res too hot to handle as they went down to a 3-0 defeat in the Ridgeway Cup final at Abingdon Town’s Culham Road on Sunday.

With both Division 2 sides locked together in a promotion fight for next season it promised to be a tight affair.

So the scoreline was a little surprising as Wanderers couldn’t find their usual rhythm.

In fact, the Oxford outfit pretty much controlled the game, with keeper Luke Watts rarely called into action.

Sean Herman grabbed a brace with a goal in each half, assisted by Aaron Williams, with Ant Simpson getting their other after Will Oliver nodded on a Lewis Colwell free-kick.

Wanderers’ duo Tom Nee and Dave Villiers both looked capable of unlocking a mean Northway defence but found it impregnable on the day, ably marshalled by veteran Carl Hibbins.

The only time Northway’s goal looked under threat was when Woodstock’s player-manager Ben Fouracre put himself on.

But Northway’s superior finishing told as they lifted their first silverware in their history.

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